Hello! My name is Yuka and I am a clinical practicum student completing my Master of Counselling degree at Monash University. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia with a major in psychology and a minor in law and society. While I complete my postgraduate studies, I have been working as a behavioural interventionist supporting individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
My passion for being a counsellor stems from past personal experience with physical and mental illness. Having experienced both has made me realize how mental health is as important as physical health and has highlighted the benefits of a holistic approach to healing that includes mind and body.
I believe that one’s past, pain, and struggles are unique to each individual, and that clients are the experts of their own lives. I also believe that everyone has the resilience, inner strength, and ability to heal and grow from emotional pain and lead a fulfilling life. I see my role as walking alongside you throughout your journey towards change by staying present and starting wherever you are at.
My current areas of focus include supporting clients experiencing challenges related to depression, anxiety, stress management, low self-esteem, life transitions, and grief. My intention is to provide support that is tailored to your unique needs, rather than applying a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. I am originally from Japan, grew up in Singapore, and can provide counselling services in both English and Japanese. I honour diversity by taking an empathic and eclectic approach to my work, which includes drawing from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as mindfulness interventions.
I look forward to collaborating with you to explore your strengths and goals and to support you on your journey. I offer free initial consultations and would be happy to meet with you to answer any questions you may have.